MEET OUR TEAM
1st Grade Teaching Asst
5th Grade Homeroom
6th Grade Homeroom, PE
7th Grade Homeroom, Science
8th Grade Homeroom
Jr. High Literature
Jr. High Latin
K-4 Art & Latin
Cindy Porter - Kindergarten
Cindy was born and raised in Kansas City, MO (Missouri is known as God’s country!). She graduated from Overland Christian High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Mid America Nazarene University as well as a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University. Before coming to CLS, Cindy taught Pre-K at the Johnson County Community College Child Development Center for 15 years. This is her 15th year at CLS teaching kindergarten to the incredible kindergarteners! In her spare time, Cindy enjoys hiking, swimming, doing Aqua Zumba, walking/playing with her dogs, dreaming of Hawaii, and going to Griffin basketball games.
Lori Canfield - 1st Grade
Lori was born and raised in Brownsburg, IN. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Indiana University. She recently completed her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Mary. Lori spent 3 years as the Christ Lutheran School Kindergarten assistant from 2005-2008 and has substituted at CLS for the last 5 years. She enjoys reading, running, yoga, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Andrea Godwin - 1st Grade Teaching Assistant
Andrea considers her home town in Caldwell, KS., where she lived till her freshman year of High School. She received her Associates Degree of Applied Science from Pratt Community College in 1995 and then moved to Kansas City. She spent 9 years teaching Pre-K at Sonshine School as well as subbing at Christ Lutheran’s Early Education Center. When she is not assisting Mrs. Canfield in 1st Grade, she is working in her flower garden, shopping, attending High School events and spending time with family and friends.
Rebecca Harmon - 2nd Grade
Rebecca was born and raised in Monroe, MI. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history and music from Concordia in Ann Arbor, MI. She has been at CLS since 2001 and served on the Board that developed the school and the Classical model. She currently teaches 2nd grade. In her spare time, Rebecca loves to antique, visit historical sites, and art museums. She spends as much time as possible at Lake Michigan, loves University of Michigan football as well as Detroit Tigers baseball.
Karen Horrigan - 2nd Grade
Karen was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas. This is her 21st year teaching in Lutheran schools, the last 16 at Christ Lutheran. She currently job-shares Second Grade with Mrs. Rebecca Harmon. Karen enjoys spending time with family, friends and her Wheaten Terrier (Bear). She also enjoys traveling, biking, baking, reading and loves the Michigan Woverines. Go Blue!!
Alicia Cook - 4th Grade
Alicia was born and raised in Paola, KS. She attended Emporia State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education Degree in 1999 and her Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology in 2009. Alicia taught in public schools for 14 years before joining Christ Lutheran School in 2015. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband (Brian) and their children (Makinley, Grant, and Gracelynn), taking walks, reading, traveling, and attending CLS events.
Debbie Coughlin - 5th Grade Homeroom
Debbie loves teaching at Christ Lutheran School! Before arriving at CLS, she previously spent 11 years in the Olathe School District teaching 2nd – 5th grades. Debbie was raised on a farm in southeast Kansas, received her BST from Pittsburg State University, teaching licensure from Ottawa University, and a Lutheran Teacher’s diploma through Concordia University, Seward, NE. In her free time, Debbie enjoys reading, Bible journaling, and traveling with her husband Dave. It’s great to be a Griffin!
Jenna Flanery - 7th Grade Homeroom, Science
Jenna was born and raised in Olathe, KS. She attended Kansas State University for two years and transferred to UMKC. There she received her degree in middle school education, with an emphasis in science. She has one year experience teaching 6th grade science in the St. Louis area. This is Jenna’s 5th year at CLS. She is the 7th grade homeroom and 5th-8th grade science teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing just about anything outdoors. She also loves to read and cook.
Aimee Curtis - 8th Grade Homeroom
Aimee was privileged to grow up in Asia as the daughter of missionaries where she received a strong Christian education at Faith Academy — a school for missionary kids. After returning to the United States, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from MidAmerica Nazarene University and her master’s degree in education from the University of Kansas. Before coming to Christ Lutheran, she taught high school English to newcomers for seven years in Kansas City, Kansas. She also has experience as a copywriter, editor, and freelance author. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, their three kids, and their adorable pug, Winston.
Lesli Lawler - Jr. High Literature
Lesli was born in Kansas City, MO and moved to Overland Park, KS when she was 6 years old. She is a Shawnee Mission West HS grad – go Vikings! She earned her Bachelor of Science with a minor in History from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. She taught in Brussels, Belgium from 1993-1995. Lesli started at CLS in the fall of 2009 teaching part-time in various teaching roles. She became full-time in the fall of 2010 with 5th grade homeroom as well as Literature for 6th and 7th grade. In her spare time, Lesli loves to travel. She also loves reading, photography, and trying anything new. In addition she enjoys sports, the arts, shopping, and eating out.
Mary Cardwell - Jr. High Latin
Mary was born in Springfield, OH and in 7th grade moved to Carmel, IN. She has acquired 83 credit hours towards a double major degree in Early Education and Psychology. In the past she was a homeschool teacher for two years in Maryland as well as taught Latin at the Christian Leadership Academy in Michigan. Mary started with the Early Education Center as a preschool teacher in 1999. In 2001 she became part of the K-8 day school as the art and Latin teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, visiting art museums, and traveling.
Amy Rose - Administrative Assistant
Amy was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Iowa in 1995 and moved to Kansas in 1996. Amy served for 15 years in the Louisburg Kansas School District in a variety of capacities. She has been a Christ Lutheran Church member for over 20 years. Her hobbies include, disc golf, attending sporting events/concerts, hiking, and exploring new places. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loves all sports.
Christ Lutheran School
11720 Nieman Road
Overland Park, KS 66210
Contact us at:
Christ Lutheran Church and Education Center
1st Bell – 8:15 am
Learning Begins – 8:30 am
Dismissal – 3:30 pm